Hot Countries: A Travel Book

By Alec Waugh

This discursive and soaking up travel-book deals, because the writer says in his new Foreword, "a photo of a manner of dwelling that exists no longer."

Hot Countries tells of a sequence of trips within the a long way East, the West Indies and the South Sea Islands whilst he used to be a tender and light-hearted novelist looking color, romance and adventure.

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At thirty, i presumed, one should still start to ponder settling down. yet inside 3 months that flat was once within the fingers of the home brokers and that i was once suggesting to Eldred Curwen that he may still barren region Europe and a poll for Martinique and a canoe. once more my trunk used to be coated with the French Line’s pink and yellow labels. § while i used to be a prisoner of struggle in Germany, helping existence upon a regular ration of 3 slices of bread, 5 bowls of watery soup, and 6 potatoes, i couldn't think that the day might ever come while I may still upward thrust from a desk on which nutrients remained.

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